Hawthorn Berry - Benefits And Side Effects
Botanical name: Crataegus spp.
Actions: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, astringent, cardiac tonic, cellular proliferator, digestant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypertensive, hypotensive, sedative, tonic, vasodilator.
Parts used : Berries and leaf.
Hawthorn Berries have long been used around the world for many different purposes, including jellies and flours. They come from a small, spiny tree indigenous to the Mediterranean re-gion. Throughout history, hawthorn has had a reputation both as a symbol of hope and as a symbol of evil. At one time Christianity regarded the plant as sacred, due to the belief that it furnished Christ's crown of thorns. Hawthorn Berries contain vitamins C and B complex , crataegin, carotene, flavonoids and sugars.
Medical uses and benefits of Hawthorn Berry
Considered a "cardiotonic" herb, the flowers and berries of the hawthorn plant have been used in traditional medicine to treat irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, chest pain, hardening of the arteries, and congestive heart failure. Some of the medical benefits are:-
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